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In Words: Sigma

- Sigma - July 2000 - Claudia Ehrhardt -

Sigma (by email) - July 2000

One day I got the CD of Sigma and thought about doing an interview. I arranged an emailer and here we go....

Why do you named the band Sigma? Who came up with that idea?

We decided to use the name Sigma one night when we are looking for a name for this band came out Sigma. We like so immediately because its a mysterious and mystic name. It comes from the ancient Greek alphabeth and it means: 'Perfection', of course we are not.

Please tell about the band's history. I think not everybody knows you from your earlier band Love Machine. With Love Machine you released, as far as I know, 3 albums and did several tours, right?

Before Sigma, we played for almost 10 years in a band called Love Machine,we recorded 3 albums, and we done a lots of shows around also with bans like Saxon, Gotthard and WASP. We played very well toghether, but unfortunally always we worked with the worst peoples around us and in the music business. If you included the problems with the last singer, the game is over, better split up the band, turn the page and open a new chapter with Sigma.

How would you describe the difference between your old band and Sigma?

Well, LM played a sort of US heavy rock, Sigma are power metal, because now this line up is only metal, sorry power heavy metal. We came historically from the NWoBHM. These are our roots.

How do you got in touch with your new / current singer Val?

When we decided to join Sigma, we need a superb singer; so we made auditions and by tapes we found Val Shieldon. A great luck because he is a very good singer.

I read that you presented a 4 track-demo in Cannes. How did that happen? How was the reaction to it?

Our record company Athreia did this demo while we were in studio during the recording sessions of this album, like a sort of presentation on music market like a sort of test, and the reactions were very good also because we are an unknow band.

Please tell a little bit about the lyrics. (I have the promo cardet and so no lyrics.)

Our lyrics come from our common life, from our experiences, from our dreams, from our nightmares, from a book, from TV, from everywhere. To tell our stories we use the fantasy.

How you came up with the cover artwork? And who did the cover?

The cover was an idea from our friend that make it. We liked soon, and we used it. Also into the official release you will find a full booklet inside very details and nice.

You did Manic, a cover version of a dance / pop song. Why did you choose that one? Btw, I think it sound pretty cool!

We choose it because it's not the same cover. We like our metal version and we are very happy and it seems to work because people like it too much.

The album is released in Europe and will be released in Asia and America in fall. What are the reasons for the delay for the oversea release?

No special reasons. This regards our company and this ain't depends on us, but everything it OK.

How been the reactions so far in Europe?

Good reactions from all major European metal magazines, very positives. As regarding the music market we must wait almost 3 or 4 months.

Are any concerts planned or a tour?

We are planning a massive tour around the Europe as like support band between Sept. / Oct. 2000.

Are you working on new material right now?

Just only a couples of ideas. Now our main target is this album.

You recorded the album in Italy. Will you record the next album there too? With the same people?

We recorded and mixed this album in Italy at Rodgers Studios in Mantova (Italy). For the future we don't know yet, but we hope to work with the same staff because it's so fantastic.

Which bands influenced you?

Kiss, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Accept, Ozzy Osbourne, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius.

When you decided to make music? What age you started?

Be an musician is a good thing. I started at the age of 13 years old. I don't decided it, but it was a something that I felt inside me, music and the band are parts of my life. It's a sort of mission in good and bad times.

Claudia Ehrhardt


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